Audio: Walter With Yaffa Yarkoni, a Tribute to Israel’s Queen of Song

Walter With Yaffa Yarkoni, A Tribute to Israel’s Queen of Song Who Died on New Year’s Day Aged 86.
1/8/2012, 11:32 PM

A7 Radio's "Walter's World" with Walter Bingham
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Yaffa Yarkoni delighted Israel with her songs for six decades. She began as a soldier and then entertained our troops through several wars and travelled with them across the Suez Canal in 1967. She was an inspiration from the early days of the State and in a 2005 Ynet poll voted one of the 200 greatest Israelis. Yaffa Yarkoni the Diva of Israeli song appeared with the greatest Stars on all the world’s stages. In 1998 she was awarded the Israel Prize for Hebrew song. Hear she tells her story in conversation with Walter in 2005.

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Walter Bingham was born in Germany. Just days before the outbreak of WWII, with the help of a Zionist youth movement he was selected for a place on the ‘Kindertransport’ to Great Britain. Walter saw front line action during the Normandy invasion of Europe and was awarded the Military Medal for ‘Bravery in the Field’. In England Walter also acted in films including several Harry Potter films. On the day of his Aliyah in August 2004 he transferred his programme ‘Walter’s World’ to Israel National Radio as a weekly Magazine programme and it has been running here regularly ever since. Walter is an accomplished public speaker and was a member of a visiting panel of lecturers at schools throughout the UK, where he spoke on events in the Third Reich. He has also spoken at schools in the USA and addressed audiences in Israel.
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